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United Oil Company Service Stations in California

Friday, October 26th, 2012

Article source: Lisa Layne Heckaman

Los Angeles based United Oil Company began incorporating modern architecture and unique interior design elements into their Southern California service stations in the early 80’s, shifting the way consumers experience pumping gas. Since then, the Company has redefined the service station Industry, creating flagship designs, using top-line materials such as hand cut slate, molded copper, and eclectic themes – all influences driven by the architectural vision of United Oil Co. vice president, Jeff Appel. The privately owned, family-run business recently celebrated 50 years in business, and are known for creating incredibly clean, vibrant, and artistic gas stations throughout Southern California – now operating 124 stations to date.

Image Courtesy Erman Smith

  • Architects: Jon Enache, United Oil Co., 2012
  • Project: United Oil Company Service Stations
  • Location: Los Angeles, California, USA


Skyve Bistro in Winstedt Rd, Singapore by FARM

Friday, October 26th, 2012

Article source: FARM

Who hasn’t, in their school-going days, skip a class or two, just to sleep in late or catch a movie on a quiet afternoon? In that spirit of playfulness and remembrances of lulling languid days, the design for Skyve Bistro was born. The bistro, thus named, also harks back to the compounds’ previous usage as a secondary school.

Image Courtesy FARM

  • Architects: FARM
  • Project: Skyve Bistro
  • Location: Winstedt Rd, Singapore
  • Type: Commerical
  • Services: Interior, Branding / Graphic
  • Year: Completion 2011


Catholic Churches in Pamplona, Spain by Vaíllo-Irigaray & Partners, Pllc

Friday, October 26th, 2012

Article source: Vaíllo-Irigaray & Partners, Pllc


… a glimpse around the countryside wrapping the city will allow us to see the same scenery throughout different situations: the merging of soil, field and temples… moulded with the same clay, nurtured with the same land and dyed with the same colour…

Image Courtesy Vaíllo-Irigaray & Partners, Pllc

  • Architects: Vaíllo-Irigaray & Partners, Pllc
  • Project: Catholic Churches
  • Location: Pamplona, Spain
  • Work team: Javier Gil (Architect), Lucía Astrain(Architect), Iñigo Beguiristain(Architect), Amaia Izkue, Juan Carlos de la Iglesia, Ángel Álvarez, Oscar Martínez, Isabel Franco
  • Quantity Surveyor: Jorge Visiers Elizaicín
  • Structure-engineering: OPERA INGENIERÍA, Raúl Escrivá Peyró, Civil Engineer
  • Modelling: DECONA, Mikel Zabalza
  • Developer: Archbishopric of Pamplona
  • Surface: 2.416 m2
  • Project: December 2010


48 Logements – Vitry sur Seine in France by Gaetan Le Penhuel Architecture

Friday, October 26th, 2012

Article source: Gaetan Le Penhuel Architecture

This operation of rental housing is part of the overall urban renewal of the concerted area Concorde Stalingrad in Vitry sur Seine, in the near suburbs of Paris. Between the RN 305 and hillsides, the lot Champs Fleuris acts as a link between urban dimensions. The 48 units are divided into two distinct entities: 24 units in an R+7 apartment building, which provides a front built on the boulevard Stalingrad, in the north east of the site, the other 24 homes develop into heart shapes in fragmented plots from ground floor to R+3.

Image Courtesy Sergio Grazia

  • Architects: Gaetan Le Penhuel Architecture
  • Project: 48 Logements – Vitry sur Seine
  • Location: Vitry-sur-Seine, France
  • Photography: Sergio Grazia
  • Construction: 48 housing and 250m2 ground floor shops
  • Surface: 4 750 m²
  • Budget HT: 7.6 M €
  • Completion: September 2012
  • HQE: THPE 2005 / Certification H&E Profil A / Cref ‐20%
  • Materials: Exterior insulation, cladding metal and extruded aluminum folded aluzinc Lookmetal, sliding metal shutters
  • Construction / studies: Laétitia Biabaut
  • Contest: Laétitia Biabaut Amélie & Authier


Two Houses in Luque, Paraguay by Bauen Architects

Friday, October 26th, 2012

Article source: Bauen Architects

We design in an exposed and desolate plane, no limits shown. For this reason we fold the base plane and we generate the “refuge”. We understand that the main feature of dwellings is care, and the essence of building is letting dwell*. Keeping the space from the popping of any foreign object but for the folding of the base plane, so the dwelling is prepared in is wrinkles, respecting the environment and making that the green constant, allowing the preservation of the inhabitant’s intimacy with its corrugations. Where these folds are broken, openings are generated. And they joined together with bridges wrapped in transparencies at double height, and topped by a fragment of sphere like a roof. Thus, the “Culata Yovai” is ready and disposed in his “tekoha”.

Image Courtesy Monica Matiauda

  • Architects: Bauen Architects
  • Project: Green Haven – Two houses
  • Location: Luque, Paraguay
  • Design: Architect Aldo Cristaldo
  • Type: Single Family
  • Year: 2011 (Start) – 2012 (completion)
  • Size: 660 m2 (together)
  • Contributors: Jorge Ortiz, Olga Villagra, architect René Sosa, Constance Olmedo, Nathaly Cáceres, Alice Peralta, architect Marcelo Jimenez.
  • Construction: Mr. Peter Cataldo, architect Beatriz Heyn


625 Rhode Island Avenue in Washington, DC by Suzane Reatig Architecture

Friday, October 26th, 2012

Article source: Suzane Reatig Architecture

One of the main goals for the Bailey Park Apartments was to provide much needed housing sized for families in the heart of the city. Located steps from the Shaw Metro, the site is tapered, with one short side facing the street and one long side bounded by a public alley. The architect determined that increasing the density would make the most of the downtown location and the site. Working closely with city officials, the site was rezoned to replace four dilapidated townhouses with a 16-unit apartment building.

Image Courtesy Alan Karchmer

  • Architects: Suzane Reatig Architecture
  • Project: 625 Rhode Island Avenue
  • Location: 625 Rhode Island Avenue NW, Washington DC, 20001
  • Photography: Alan Karchmer
  • Owner: TheUnited House of Prayer for All People
  • Contractor: McCullough Construction
  • Consultants: Tadjer Cohen Edelson, CAS Engineering
  • Project Completion: August 1, 2012


House Lam in Bedfordview, Germiston by Nico van der Meulen Architects

Friday, October 26th, 2012

Article source: Nico van der Meulen Architects

When the client approached Nico van der Meulen Architects, the brief presented was intended to alter and add to an existing 1950’s house and update its design. The first floor had to be designed from scratch to accommodate the bedrooms and the ground floor had to be converted to an exclusively open plan living space.

Image Courtesy Nico van der Meulen Architects


William H. Johnston Building at the Florida State University in Tallahassee by Gould Evans Architects

Friday, October 26th, 2012

Article source: Gould Evans Architects

A sophisticated collage of old and new that reactivates a historic building in the heart of campus, the Johnston Building celebrates its mixed-use program through the dynamic intersection of circulation and transparency.

Particular attention was paid to the execution details in the building to reinforce the distinction between old and new and pay homage to the craftsmanship of the original building. Image credit: Adam Cohen Photography

  • Architects: Gould Evans Architects
  • Project: William H. Johnston Building at the Florida State University
  • Location: Tallahassee, Florida
  • Year: 2011
  • Area: 67,000 square foot renovation and 78,000 square foot addition
  • Owner: The Florida State University/ State University System Board of Governors
  • Construction Manager: Peter R. Brown Construction (Tallahassee, FL)
  • Structural Engineer: Walter P. Moore (Tampa, FL)
  • MEP: H2 Engineering (Tallahassee, FL)
  • Civil/Landscape: George & Associates (Tallahassee, FL)
  • Commissioning: TLC Engineering for Architecture (Tallahassee, FL)
  • Artwork: Rob Ley, Urbana (Beverly Hills, CA)
  • Photograph: Adam Cohen Photography


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